Earlier in the present day, sweet, typically harmless indie boy Mac DeMarco introduced his subsequent album, Here Comes the Cowboy, and shared its first single, “Nobody.” Perfectly innocuous. Utterly unremarkable. Right? Ho boy, you would like! As it so occurs, be it by sheer coincidence, troll-y advertising, or willful ignorance, we’ve heard all of it earlier than. Just final yr, really, when gentle of our lives Mitski launched her treasured album Be the Cowboy, effectively forward of our current yee-haw cultural dominance. Its standout single? Also titled “Nobody.”
How mad is the web proper now on the presumed theft by a mean man of a lady’s nice work, you ask? Off the charts!
Mitski’s authentic didn’t fly underneath the radar — the album topped a number of year-end lists, including Vulture’s — so how may Mac have been so clueless? Well, because it additionally occurs, he preemptively acknowledged his mission’s likeness to Mitski in a statement from his rep, saying, welp, he by no means even listened to her album or knew it or her track “Nobody” existed till he’d already titled his, so no hurt no foul. “This one is my cowboy document,” he elaborated. “Cowboy is a time period of endearment to me, I exploit it usually when referring to individuals in my life. Where I grew up, there are lots of people who sincerely put on cowboy hats and do cowboy actions. These aren’t the individuals I’m referring to.”
For Mitski’s half — whose opinion is the one one which issues right here — she’s not peeved. In truth, she finds the entire thing foolish, as ought to all of us, as a result of look at who we’re talking about. “‘I’m 100% certain mac & I simply went fishing in the identical a part of the collective unconscious!” she tweeted, noting that she and Mac share a publicist and so this was all doubtless a stunt not meant to roil the far corners of Indie Music Twitter. She continued, “I LOVE my private conspiracy principle that she heard the album+observe titles however stored quiet considering perhaps some Mac followers will mistakenly discover me loll.”
Okay, however who will invite Hozier’s “Nobody” to weigh in on this debate?